Craig R. Barrett, William (Bill) D. Green, and Edward B. Rust Jr. are at the forefront of corporate America’s efforts to improve U.S. education. The Business Coalition for Student Achievement is just the latest effort by these three business leaders in their continued commitment to ensure our nation’s youth are prepared to meet the challenges of higher education and the 21st century workplace. More information on these education reform leaders is below.
Craig R. Barrett became Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation on May 18, 2005. He became Intel’s fourth president in May of 1997 and chief executive officer in 1998. He was elected to Intel’s Board of Directors in 1992 and served as chief operating officer from 1993 to 1997. Barrett began his tenure at Intel as a Technology Development manager in 1974. Prior to joining Intel, Dr. Barrett was an Associate Professor at Stanford University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He served on the National (Glenn) Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century as well as on the National Academies Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century. He currently serves on the No Child Left Behind Commission, a bi-partisan, independent group established to make recommendations to Congress and the Bush Administration on how the federal law can be improved, as well as on the board of Achieve, Inc. Dr. Barrett is also an officer of the Council of the National Academy of Engineering.
William (Bill) D. Green is chairman & CEO of Accenture, a US$21.6 billion global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. In addition to chairing the board of directors, Mr. Green is responsible for managing the company, formulating and executing long-term strategies and for all interactions with clients, employees, investors and other stakeholders. Mr. Green is Accenture’s primary decision maker and policy maker, setting the tone for the company’s values, ethics and culture. He has served on Accenture’s board of directors since its inception in 2001. Mr. Green represents Accenture in a number of external venues, including Business Roundtable, where he serves as chairman of its Education, Innovation and Workforce Initiative and as chairman of The Springboard Project, an independent commission on workforce issues. Mr. Green is also a featured speaker at business, technology and academic forums around the world. Mr. Green joined Accenture in 1977 and became a partner in 1986. He attended Dean College and is a member of its Board of Trustees. He received a bachelor of science degree in economics and a master of business administration from Babson College, as well as an honorary doctor of laws. He and his wife have two children.
Edward B. Rust Jr. is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Bloomington, Ill., and the other principal State Farm® affiliates. A native of Illinois, Rust joined State Farm® in 1975 at the Dallas, Texas, regional office. He became president and chief executive officer in 1985 and was elected to the additional post of chairman of the board in 1987. A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Rust holds both juris doctor and master of business degrees from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He currently serves on the No Child Left Behind Commission, a bi-partisan, independent group established to make recommendations to Congress and the Bush Administration on how the federal law can be improved. He is former co-chairman of the Business Coalition for Excellence in Education former chairman of the Business Higher Education Forum, former chairman of the Business Roundtable's Education Initiative, a director of Achieve, Inc., a director of the National Center for Educational Accountability, and served on the National (Glenn) Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century. In addition, he is co-chair of the Business Roundtable, chairman emeritus of the Illinois Business Roundtable, and a member of The Business Council.